Upping Blocks

Last month, when we went through Ashville, Alabama, they had an “upping block” downtown — I think these were used primarily for women who needed a bit of a lift to get on their horses sidesaddle gracefully, what with their hoops/petticoats/long gowns:

Upping Blocks

That one is dated from 1850.

This one we saw in Courtland, Alabama.  There was another on a facing corner, but this one was in front of the historic A.F. Rebman & Co. store:

Upping Blocks
So great these are still around!

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